Turtle Trading Post

Photos from the ISTS41 Turtle Trading Post


The Turtle Trading post is open to all students, as well as projects from low-income countries (or countries with high inflation rates), and folks in areas that are or have experienced environmental or humanitarian hardship (e.g. hurricanes/typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, wars).


The goal of the Turtle Trading Post is for students and projects meeting the criteria above to benefit from surplus equipment and supplies from other projects. It is a kind of swap meet combined with a yard sale lottery. It is free for students and others to participate and benefit from this (and it will mean a second life for field and lab equipment no longer in use!). However, we still rely on the greater sea turtle community to donate new or old (but functioning) equipment so that other projects may give a second life to your gear.


Wednesday 22nd  March between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM


Bolivar ballroom D, along with the Student Mixer and Speed Chatting with Experts events

How do I donate?

Please bring any items you wish to donate to the ISTS41 Registration Desk during their hours of operation. All donations must be submitted by 12:00 pm on Wednesday 22nd March. For each donation (or lot), please fill out the donation form (available at the ISTS41 Registration Desk or here).

Check to see whether you have anything to donate to this initiative and be sure to pack it with you for your trip to Cartagena! Some ideas include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Unused flipper/PIT tags
  • Unused/sterile (still in package) biopsy punches
  • GPS handhelds (still functioning)
  • Glass sample vials
  • Field notebooks
  • Tape measures
  • Old calipers
  • Rehabilitation equipment (no medicines/drugs, please)
  • Sunscreen
  • Educational and outreach materials (non-project specific)
  • New or barely used field backpacks
  • New or barely used headlamps/torches (with red lights)
  • Other surprises!

If you have any big ticket items (e.g., satellite/radio/acoustic tags) languishing in your lab, even better! Questions: contact Kate MansfieldPass the word--collectively, we can help each other do more science!